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Article On Cargo Ops At Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)

Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:33 pm

Interesting story the CR Gazette did on cargo ops at the airport overnight, particularly UPS and FedEx. Some cool highlights:

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Two Boeing 727 cargo jets are loaded each evening by FedEx Express employees with packages arriving by truck from Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo and other Eastern Iowa communities.
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The (UPS) trucks haul packages from markets throughout Iowa as far north as Mason City, and a leased small airplane is used to ferry packages from northwest Iowa to Cedar Rapids. “We fly one express flight in and out per day,” said Michael Mangeot, public relations manager at UPS Air Group. “Typically it’s an Airbus A300, which is widebody freighter with a payload of 120,000 pounds.
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UPS has named Cedar Rapids a “central input point” for the company’s Next Day Letter and Pak overnight freight service in the continental United States. The Cedar Rapids area generates more next-day business for UPS than Des Moines.

Surprised to see more next-day business out of CID than DSM, although with the huge catchment area it is a lot of population when ALO, Iowa City, DBQ, and the MLI area is included.


Full story: http://thegazette.com/2012/10/14/eas...-operations-come-alive-after-dark/
 
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RE: Article On Cargo Ops At Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)

Mon Oct 15, 2012 3:36 pm

I am actually surprised MLI isnt the main cargo hub for Eastern Iowa.
 
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RE: Article On Cargo Ops At Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)

Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:04 pm

Quoting Bobloblaw (Reply 1):
I am actually surprised MLI isnt the main cargo hub for Eastern Iowa.

MLI doesn't have much cargo history, at least in the past decade or two. They had an ABX (then DHL) DC-9 run every night to BMI and then ILM up until DHL abandoned most of its US business. I think they also had a few nightly Caravan flights too at one point.

But since ABX/DHL left, MLI seems to get a nightly Ameriflight Beach 1900 to Louisville, and that's about it.

CID is just in a better position overall to receive freight that's less than two hours and four-lane highways away from John Deere in both Waterloo, Dubuque, Rockwell Collins in CR, P&G in Iowa City, HON/Heinz/GPC/Musco in Muscatine, and all the other manufacturing (that does really still exist) in Eastern Iowa.
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RE: Article On Cargo Ops At Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)

Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:06 pm

MLI I think is too close to RFD for UPS to do anything there.

I also believe CID has been converted to a 757 station for Fedex and has been for a few months now, although strangely enough I cannot find any entries for Fedex for tonight or tomorrow at CID on Flytecomm, Flightstats or Flightaware.
 
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RE: Article On Cargo Ops At Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)

Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:33 pm

Quoting Bobloblaw (Reply 1):
MLI doesn't have much cargo history, at least in the past decade or two. They had an ABX (then DHL) DC-9 run every night to BMI and then ILM up until DHL abandoned most of its US business. I think they also had a few nightly Caravan flights too at one point.

But since ABX/DHL left, MLI seems to get a nightly Ameriflight Beach 1900 to Louisville, and that's about it.

Interesting insight into cargo at MLI. Thanks for sharing!

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 3):
I also believe CID has been converted to a 757 station for Fedex and has been for a few months now, although strangely enough I cannot find any entries for Fedex for tonight or tomorrow at CID on Flytecomm, Flightstats or Flightaware.

I also did the same thing - with it being a Monday morning (when we posted) there wasn't anything on there due to the weekend I'm guessing. It does appear it is a 757 station now. Here's some Friday night/early morning Saturday stuff:

FedEx 752 MEM-CID-DSM:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/F...0/history/20121013/0842Z/KMEM/KCID

UPS A306 SDF-CID-BOI:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/U...4/history/20121013/0822Z/KSDF/KCID

Ameriflight EMB-120 OMA-CID-CVG (wonder who this is for?)

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/AMF1081

This must be the leased plane UPS uses from Planemaster to collect cargo from NW iowa. It's a huge C208   SPW-CID. I'm slightly surprised it doesn't go to DSM instead of CID:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/PMS1529
 
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RE: Article On Cargo Ops At Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)

Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:02 pm

Quoting iowaman (Reply 4):
I also did the same thing - with it being a Monday morning (when we posted) there wasn't anything on there due to the weekend I'm guessing.

Nope, Fedex planes don't have scheduled movements on Monday mornings. I tried to forward and back-date it, didn't work.
 
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RE: Article On Cargo Ops At Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)

Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:05 pm

It's good to see a diverse operation at the Cedar Rapids airport.

I wonder if the reason the Cedar Rapids area generates more next day business than Des Moines is because their different economic profiles. Many of the businesses in the Cedar Rapids area are manufacturing based while many of the businesses in Des Moines are finance based. Manufacturing clearly requires more next day business as many functions of finance based business have gone 100% electronic.

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RE: Article On Cargo Ops At Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)

Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:56 pm

I got it wrong. CID is now a combined 727/757 station for Fedex. In evenings it's actually still a 727 except for Friday when a 757 comes in from DSM and makes a quick turn to MEM. Mornings there is both a 727 to MEM and also a 757 that routes IND-CID-DSM. Saturdays are 757 only and there is also an ATR-72 daily in evenings to IND.

It is worthy of note that CID does not rate its own A306 via UPS, it is exclusively a shared flight usually with DSM but also as linked above, BOI.
 
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RE: Article On Cargo Ops At Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)

Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:07 am

I read this article...very interesting and I am glad to see how diverse their operations are outside of the passenger ops. Never realized next day business was busier than DSM.
 
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RE: Article On Cargo Ops At Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)

Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:37 am

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 7):
It is worthy of note that CID does not rate its own A306 via UPS, it is exclusively a shared flight usually with DSM but also as linked above, BOI.

I always find it a little bit interesting how they route their flights (and FedEx). There must be some type of algorithm used that make sometimes DSM, CID and BOI a good combination for an A306 from SDF based on cargo weight as well as resources (planes) available, while making use of those resources efficiently.
 
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RE: Article On Cargo Ops At Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)

Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:44 pm

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 3):

MLI I think is too close to RFD for UPS to do anything there.


Good point.

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